From 2009: Inaugural Ball Gowns

While attention may be on the man of the hour Tuesday morning, it will quickly switch to the women as the parties begin. See some historic ball gowns from years gone by...

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First Lady Michelle Obama during the Midatlantic Regional Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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George H. W. Bush with his signature pearls sporting wife, Barbara, have a high old time at the Texas-style Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball. Their son, George W. Jr., right rear, looks like he's having a grand time as well.
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W and his First Lady arrive at the Freedom Ball on Jan. 20, 2005 at Union Station in Washington, DC.
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George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, attend one of nine inaugural balls on Jan. 20, 2001 in Washington DC.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter dance in front of the bandstand at the Inaugural Ball held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington on Jan. 20, 1977. VP Walter Mondale and his wife dance to the left of them.
Hillary and Bill Clinton dance during the New England Ball in Washington on Jan. 20, 1997.
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Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower with his wife, Mamie, and VP Richard M. Nixon with his wife, Pat, at the 1953 Inaugural Ball.
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First Lady Laura Bush jokes with daughters Barbara and Jenna at the Constitution Ball on Jan. 20, 2005 in Washington DC.
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Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson are the center of attention at his inaugural ball in January 1965.
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Lyndon Johnson chats with JFK and his wife, Jackie, at the President's Inaugural Ball in 1961.
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Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, is dressed for his inauguration in 1861.
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Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy at the Inaugural Ball in 1981.
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Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt poses in her Inaugural gown in 1933.
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Barbara and Jenna Bush, the 19-year-old twin daughters of President George W. Bush, attend an Inaugural Ball at the Pension Building in Washington, DC, on Jan. 20, 2001.
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President Bill Clinton dances with Chelsea at an inaugural ball on Jan. 20, 1997 in Washington, DC.
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First Lady Mamie Eisenhower poses in her inaugural ball gown holding a jeweled purse encrusted with 3,456 pink pearls in 1953.
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This family portrait was taken in White House following President Ronald Reagan's inauguration.
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